Stars-Flames Preview

Although they’re on a losing streak on their own ice, the Dallas
Stars haven’t had much trouble finding ways to win on the road
lately.

Nothing has seemed to go right for the Calgary Flames during
their longest skid of the season.

The surging Stars will try for their fifth straight road win
Thursday night when they visit a Calgary team looking to avoid its
fifth consecutive loss overall.

Dallas (9-7-2), which has dropped three straight at home,
appears to have built some momentum during this stretch with six of
seven on the road.

With two shootout wins and one overtime victory, the Stars swept
the first leg that included stops in Ottawa, Boston and Detroit.
After falling 5-2 to Chicago back home Saturday, they extended
their road streak to four with Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Edmonton in
the opener of this three-game trip.

Rich Peverley opened the scoring in the second period before
Antoine Roussel and Tyler Seguin provided late empty-netters to
seal the win.

After allowing four goals on 30 shots against the Blackhawks,
Kari Lehtonen bounced back with 22 saves Wednesday to earn his 23rd
career shutout.

”He’s one of the best in the league and he gives us a chance to
win like that every night,” Dallas’ Shawn Horcoff said.

Lehtonen, however, might give way to backup Dan Ellis in this
second of back-to-back games. Ellis, 1-3-0 with a 3.60
goals-against average, hasn’t played since a 5-2 loss at Los
Angeles on Oct. 19.

The Flames (6-9-3) hoped to build on an impressive 3-2 road win
over the Blackhawks on Nov. 3, but instead they’ve been outscored
15-7 during four consecutive losses.

They also dropped their third straight at home Tuesday, getting
outshot 35-13 in a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose. Calgary fell
behind by two in the first period, where they’ve been outscored 6-1
during the losing streak.

Defenseman Kris Russell had a power-play goal in the second
period, snapping an 0-for-30 drought that covered more than 54
minutes over nine games.

Michael Cammalleri scored for the fourth time in his last three
games to forge a 2-all tie before Brad Stuart won it in the extra
session for the Sharks. Cammalleri has five goals and 10 points in
his last four home games against the Stars.

“You can’t sleep on good performances or bad performances too
long,” coach Bob Hartley told the team’s official website. “We have
Dallas, a team that is playing very well. There’s no easy opponent
in this conference.”

In the only meeting this season, Lee Stempniak provided the
Flames’ only goal in a 5-1 loss at Dallas on Oct. 24.

Jamie Benn had a pair of goals for the Stars, giving him six in
his last six games against Calgary. Alex Chiasson finished with two
goals and an assist in that contest, but he’s since gone scoreless
in his last nine contests.

While the Stars have gone 3 for 47 with a man advantage over the
last 13 games, the Flames have allowed one power-play goal in each
of their last five. They’re also giving up 3.50 goals per game
overall – second-worst in the league.

Reto Berra stopped 32 of 35 shots against the Sharks, but has
allowed 11 goals with an .872 save percentage while dropping his
last three starts.

Calgary is 4-0-1 in its last five home games against Dallas.